Sri Lanka’s stocks close up 0.6-pct

Mar 31, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s shares were up Tuesday following days of negative trading with investors taking profit in banking and index heavy counters, brokers said.

The Colombo benchmark All Share Price Index closed 37.91 points higher at 6,820.34, up 0.56 percent. The S&P SL20 closed 19.90 points higher at 3,852.43, up 0.52 percent.

“We saw profit taking during the day’s trading, brokers said.

Turnover was 666.34 million rupees up from 485 million rupees from a day earlier with 105 counters showing gains and 66 stock counters dropping.

In the banking sector, Commercial Bank rose 2.70 rupees to 165.40 rupees while DFCC Bank closed at 202.80 up 1.50 rupees.

John Keells Holdings rose 3.20 rupees to 199.40 rupees.